Two good fruit dips

I have been transferred back to the middle school for this school year.  Yesterday we had our first work meeting and I got to talk with some of my co-workers I hadn’t worked with for a few years.  As I was eating my lunch, one of them mentioned a fruit dip I used to make for carry-ins.  She used to take the left-overs.  For the life of me, I couldn’t remember what fruit dip she was talking about.  Later that evening, it came back to me.  It’s the heavy whipped cream with pudding one.  It’s so easy and very delicious.

Whipped Fruit Dip

From my mother-in-law

  • 1 small container of heavy whipping cream (the smallest one)
  • 1 small box of instant pudding either sugar free or sugared (My favorites are cheesecake and white chocolate for this recipe.)
  1. Pour the whipping cream into a mixing bowl.
  2. Open the box of pudding and pour it over the whipping cream.
  3. Using a hand mixer, whip the pudding and whipping cream until it is stiff.  (I usually start at the lowest setting and gradually move toward the highest setting.)
  4. Serve.

This is especially good with strawberries or even by its self!

For the Fourth of July, I made a fruit tray for a family get together.  My mother-in-law asked me what kind of fruit dip I was going to bring for the tray.  I told her that I was probably going to get the Marzetti’s fruit dip and call it a day.  She gave me this recipe which turned out to be delicious.

Strawberry Fruit Dip

From my mother-in-law

  • 1/2 of a container of marshmallow fluff
  • 1 container of soft strawberry cream cheese
  1. Place the marshmallow fluff in a bowl.
  2. Fold in the cream cheese until it’s well incorporated.
  3. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

This has been posted on Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays.

Menu Plan Monday – August 9

This is a simple menu for this week because I start back to work on Thursday. 

Monday – almost famous chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, fruit salad

Tuesday – homemade corn dogs (Food Network recipe), chips, veggie

Wednesday – Bowtie lasagna, garlic bread, salad or veggie 

Thursday – Chicken cordon bleu (freezer), veggie, Easy Rolls

Friday – breakfast for dinner – waffles or pancakes, bacon or sausage,  fruit

Saturday – left-overs

This post has been linked up to Menu Planning Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Have a great week.

Make Over Macaroni and Cheese

Last week, I was looking through Taste of Home’s Healthy Cooking Magazine when I saw a recipe for makeover macaroni and cheese that used no butter in it.  It was also very simple to make because you make a roux of milk and flour and then add Velveeta (or a similar off brand cheese) and cheddar cheese to make a cheese sauce.  You then add that cheese sauce to cooked pasta such as elbow macaroni.  The texture reminds me of Kraft’s Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese with the cheese packet instead of the powder cheese sauce.  When I served it, my hubby and the Wee One loved it.  Both of them went back for seconds.

I love having this in my arsenal of side dishes that are simple to make especially when I’m in a time crunch.

Stars of the recipe:

  •  1/2 package elbow macaroni or shells
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 package (16 ounces) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product cubed or similar store brand
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth.
  3. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Stir in process cheese and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese until smooth.
  5. Drain macaroni; stir into cheese sauce.
  6. Remove from the heat; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  7. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

This recipe makes 4 servings.

This post has been linked to Mommy’s Kitchen for Potluck Monday and at Colleen’s Kitchen Recipe Swap.

Aviation Tour – Carillon Park

Our final stop on the Aviation Tour was to Carillon Park.  I had not been to Carillon Park since I was a child.  Hubby hadn’t been there in years either.  So this ws a fun trip for all of us.  During the first half of the park, the Imaginative One and Wee One were very interested in the buildings.  However by the time they got to the Wright Cycle building, they were complaining about being fatigued from all the walking.  They regained their energy after we stopped at the Culp Diner for ice cream treats.  The Imaginative One had a sundae with mint chip ice cream and chocolate sauce.  The Wee One tried his first root beer float which he loved.

While we were there, we had fun taking pictures of Will’s scary monkey visiting different exhibits.  (Those pictures will be featured in future Wordless Wednesday posts.)

The Imaginative One’s favorite exhibit was Wilbur and Orville Wright speaking to him the beginning of the tour. 

Here are pictures of our visit to Carillon Park:

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Here are links to our other adventures on the Aviation Tour:  Air Force Museum, Wright Brother’s Interpretive Center and Wright B. Flyer and Woodland Cemetry.

Aviation Tour – Wright Brothers Interpretive Center

On Wednesday, we went out to my school to drop of  some of my things.  Then we went to lunch and the Wright Brothers Interpretive Center.  Last spring, I started taking Third Street home because of the construction on Route 35 at 675.  I passed the Interpretive Center many times on my way home but had not realized it.

We got to see how the Wrights figured out how to have a successful heavier than air manned flying machine.  We also learned about their printing business.  The boys’ favorite areas were the parachute area and the supermarket area.

After we finished up with the Interpretive Center, we went next door to the Wright Brothers’ Cycle Shop.  They had five bicycle shops.  The fourth one is the only one in existence.  It was neat walking into that Cycle Shop knowing that over a hundred years ago the Wright Brothers had worked there. 

Behind the Cycle Shop, there is an outhouse.  The Imaginative One asked me what an outhouse is.  He then looked at it again and decided it was a wooden port-a-potty.  I like his description.

Here are pictures from our visit to the Interpretive Center:

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Here are links to our other adventures on the Aviation Tour:  Air Force Museum, Carillon Park, and Wright B. Flyer and Woodland Cemetry.

Aviation Tour – Wright B Flyer and Woodland Cemetery

Last Thursday, the Imaginative One, Wee One and I started on the Aviation Tour around Dayton, Ohio.  We went to see the look alikes of the Wright B Flyer and then went to Woodland Cemetery.  A lot of famous Daytonians are buried in Woodland Cemetery.  We wanted to see the Wright Brothers’ burial plot, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s burial plot, and the boy and his dog statue.  The boys were real troopers with the walking in the cemetery.

After we got done at Woodland Cemetery, we discovered the car’s keys were left in the car.  So we had to call my hubby so he could bring the spare keys to me.  While we waited for him, we walked down to Starbucks to use the restroom and get a drink.  The boys were again troopers with all the walking.  When we got back to the car, hubby was pulling up with the keys.

After we got home, the Imaginative One came down with a fever and had a really bad cough.  The next day, we found out he had the Croup. 

Here are some pictures of our adventure:

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Here are links to our other adventures on the Aviation Tour:  Air Force Museum, Carillon Park , and the Wright Brothers’ Interpretive Center.

Aviation Tour – Air Force Museum

My best friend, Angie, suggested taking the Aviation Tour around my hometown.  When her daughter did it two weeks ago, she had a blast.  Many of the places I had never visited even though I’ve lived in the area for twenty-five years.  It’s been fun to visit the places especially with the Imaginative One because he is so interested in history and how things work.

Yesterday we visited the Air Force Museum.  We have been here many times before because it is close by and is free to the public.  The Imaginative One had a blast looking at the different planes, trying to figure out how they kept the planes up in the air, and trying to figure out what type of material they used to make the grass and snow in a few of the displays.  The Wee One thought some of the planes were cool but really had the attention span of a gnat when it came to the museum.  He kept on moving ahead which really put a damper on the Imaginative One and I trying to learn about the airplanes.

The Imaginative One was funny when he began to talk about one of the areas of the museum.  He told me that his memory was not fresh but he did remember some of it.  It was amazing what he did remember. 

Here are some pictures from our trip:

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Here are links to our other adventures on the Aviation Tour:  Wright B Flyer and Woodland Cemetery, Carillon Park, and the Wright Brothers’ Interpretive Center.